Wheeling Auto Center Exposes Five Auto Care Myths

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Part one of a series that aims to prevent costly mistakes for vehicle owners.

Many common beliefs about vehicle maintenance are actually false, according to Wheeling Auto Center, a leading automotive service center in Chicagoland’s northwest suburbs. Clearing up these misconceptions can save vehicle owners considerable trouble and expense down the road.

“In the interest of saving all vehicle owners money, I’d like to set the record straight on this important information,” says Dave Becker, owner of Wheeling Auto Center.

Myth: To maintain your warranties, you can only use a dealer for service.
Truth: Service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep warranties in effect. Maintenance may be done at any qualified facility. Keep all receipts and have the service provider fill out the Maintenance Record.

Myth: Paint chips and nicks don’t affect your warranty.
Truth: To keep your new vehicle paint and corrosion warranty valid, have dents, scratches and damaged panels inspected and repaired. New cars have a minimum five-year rust perforation warranty. Unprotected panels that rust will not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Myth: You can wash your vehicle with mild dish soap.
Truth: More than one-third of owners use dish soap or other damaging non-automotive products, which may contain harmful detergents, abrasives or additives. Instead, suds up with products that are made for automobile care.

Myth: With today’s technology, there’s no need to worry about emissions.
Truth: A poorly maintained engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produce 50% more CO2 than one that runs properly.

Myth: Warm weather means fewer car worries.
Truth: Cooling system neglect frequently leads to mechanical failure. Besides the danger and inconvenience of a breakdown, engine and transmission damage can amount to thousands of dollars. Replacing components before they fail can prolong engine life.

About Wheeling Auto Center:
Founded in 1992, Wheeling Auto Center is an independent Blue Seal automotive service center that provides quality auto repair and unparalleled customer service for domestic, German and foreign nameplates. All employees are committed to the principles of honesty, integrity, trust, respect and personal service. To learn more, visit wheelingautocenter.com.


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